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#Repost @omcar_pai • • • • • • Drongo, Sirsi Why Pits? . Pits of the pit viper is a sensory organ enabling the snakes to detect warm-blooded animals. Pit vipers have advanced infrared sense allows these animals to strike prey accurately even in the absence of light, and detect warm objects from several meters away. It was previously thought that the organs evolved primarily as prey detectors, but recent evidence suggests that it may also be used in thermoregulation and detection, making it a more general-purpose sensory organ than was supposed. It is also possible that the organ may even have evolved as a defensive adaptation rather than a predatory one, or that multiple pressures may have potentially contributed to the organ's development. #wikisource #Trimeresurus #malabaricus #pitviper #pitvipers #pits #macro #photography #expedition #sony #sonyalpha #sonyindia #sonycouples #sonya6500 #story #snakesofindiansubcontinent #snakesofwesternghats #snakes #bbc #natgeo #reptiles #endamic #viper #westernghats #naturalist #conservation #uttarakannada #wildlifephotos #reptilesofinstgram

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Absolutely loving the coast out here🌱 Who else loves shooting after the sun sets? Photos by @flamingloria @eduardombarradas